|Gay Sex before Zippers - Chris Carlsson|
Harry Hay describes gay sex when BVD's were still predominant underwear, before zippers in the 1930s... men would meet at Presidio guardhouse and go into the bushes.
Keywords: Presidio; Gay Sex; Harry Hay
Downloads: 94,504 (10 reviews)
Dedication of Dewey Monument in Union Square, c. 1903. St. Francis Hotel visible behind scene.
Keywords: Union Square; Dewey Monument; 1903
Downloads: 5,178 (1 review)
|Teddy Roosevelt in SF|
Difficult to discern, but President Teddy Roosevelt is in a procession heading up Van Ness in this short clip.
Keywords: Teddy Roosevelt; Van Ness; parade
Downloads: 5,755 (1 review)
|Geneva Towers Implosion - Caitlin Manning|
The infamous Geneva Towers housing project was imploded to make way for improved public housing.
Keywords: public housing; Geneva Towers; implosion
Footage taken about a month after the massive earthquake and fire of 1906.
Keywords: Earthquake; Fire; 1906
Downloads: 15,496 (5 reviews)
|The Farm - Kathy Katz and Mike Kavanagh|
An excerpt from Farmcore, a 45-minute documentary about The Farm, the remarkable rural oasis under the freeways in San Francisco from 1974-1986, an autonomous zone that housed farm animals, rehearsal, and performance space, theater and punk rock...
Keywords: Farm; San Francisco; punk rock; 1970s; eviction; utopian experiment
Downloads: 13,326 (9 reviews)
|White Night Riot|
Riot and destruction at City Hall in the wake of the slap-on-the-wrist manslaughter verdict against Dan White, murderer of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
Keywords: riot; White Night; Harvey Milk
Downloads: 21,745 (1 review)
|Harvey Milk's Last Words|
Harvey Milk's last words, delivered posthumously, recorded in case of his assassination... excerpted from The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.
Keywords: Harvey Milk; last words; Gay
Downloads: 25,049 (2 reviews)
|John Muir on Hetch Hetchy - Shaping San Francisco|
Animation showing Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley before and after inundation, with a quote from John Muir
Keywords: John Muir; Hetch Hetchy; San Francisco water system
|Robert Lovato and Hunts Donuts - Chris Carlsson|
Roberto Lovato, who grew up on Folsom near 25th Street during the 1970s, describes how his father was involved in the "alternative economy" centered on Hunt's Donuts at 20th and Mission, and how it benefitted his extended Salvadoran families in San Francisco and in El Salvador.
Keywords: Crime; Salvadoran community; Mission District
|The Farm (documentary) - Mike Kavanaugh, MaryEllen Churchill, and Kathy Katz|
A 47-minute documentary about San Francisco's "The Farm," which was a remarkable urban laboratory and creative space, in addition to being a farm with animals, vegetables, fruit trees, farmers, circus performers, discussions, performance, punk rock shows, and much much more...
Keywords: The Farm; Jack Wickert; Bonnie Ora Sherk; urban farming; urban gardening; circus; children; performance; Frisco Bay Mussel Group; Planet Drum
|Tom Fleming on Mayor Lapham and Blacks in SF - Chris Carlsson|
Thomas Fleming, former editor of SF Sun Reporter, tells how then Mayor Roger Lapham wondered in a 1946 press conference when the thousands of African-Americans who had come to work in SF during WWII would return to the South. Fleming sets him straight.
Keywords: Fleming; African-Americans in SF; Mayor Lapham
|Harry Hay on Language and Labels in the 1930s - Shaping San Francisco|
Another clip from the 1996 video interview with Mattachine Society founder Harry Hay in which he describes the absence of language to describes gays in the 1930s. The word "homosexual" wasn't even in the dictionary until about 1939, so he recounts how men in the community back then would refer to each other as "that way" or on a good day as "temperamental."
Keywords: gay; gay identity; homosexual; 1930s; sociology; language; self-reference
|Meeting Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera - Chris Carlsson|
Artist Pele DeLappe describes her encounter at age 15 with Frieda Rivera (Kahlo), sitting around painting and smoking cigarettes together, while Diego Rivera was painting the San Francisco Stock Exchange mural (c. 1930)
Keywords: Frieda Kahlo; Diego Rivera; Pele DeLappe
|We Won't Go Back - Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue|
excerpted from a documentary prepared by the Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue, showing the battles that took place in the late 1980s between anti-abortion direct action groups like OR, and women who defended clinics against them.
Keywords: abortion; women; Operation Rescue
Downloads: 6,505 (1 review)
|Pie Fight 1969 - Christian Bruno and Sam Green|
The 1969 San Francisco International Film Festival opens on the steps of City Hall, but is unexpectedly attacked by independent filmmakers with pies. This footage was long-lost and then found and made into a movie in the late 1990s.
Keywords: Film Festival; 1969; Pie Fight
Downloads: 9,414 (3 reviews)
Before occupational health and safety, this is how excavation was done. A steam shovel is digging a tunnel for the SF Muni, c. 1917.
Keywords: steam shovel; digging tunnels; excavation
Downloads: 4,112 (1 review)
Health inspectors walk up Chinatown alley
Keywords: Chinatown; plague; alleys
|Telegraph Hil from Bay - Chris Carlsson|
shot from a canoe off Pier 33 looking up at Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill.
Keywords: Telegraph Hill; SF Bay; Coit Tower
Ferlinghetti in his Potrero Hill home in 1965, ruminating on San Francisco
Keywords: Ferlinghetti; Potrero Hill; poetry
Downloads: 4,277 (3 reviews)
|1906 Burn map|
animated map showing the three days of the Great San Francisco fire of 1906 that followed the earthquake.
Keywords: 1906 fire; animation; Big One
Silent footage of picketers marching through the streets and attacking a scab-driven streetcar at Haight and Buchanan during violent 1917 streetcar strike.
Keywords: Streetcar strike; URR; 1917
Downloads: 6,506 (1 review)
|Bay Bridge from the water - Chris Carlsson|
Footage shot from a canoe ride under the Bay Bridge takes a look back at the San Francisco waterfront from under the bridge.
Keywords: Bay Bridge; SF Bay; waterfront
|Powell Street scenes c 1920s - Shaping San Francisco|
edited from silent footage from the Prelinger Archive to collect the images of Powell Street cable car turnaround and some shots going up and down Powell too.
Keywords: Powell Street; cable cars; 1920s
|San Francisco celebrates VE Day 1918|
Newsreel footage from the Market Street celebration of the end of WWI in San Francisco, 1918.
Keywords: WWI; San Francisco; 1918
Downloads: 19,550 (5 reviews)
|Thomas Fleming on 1966 Hunter's Point Riot - Chris Carlsson|
Former editor of San Francisco Sun Reporter, Thomas Fleming, gives his account of the 1966 Hunter's Point Riot, which led to three days of martial law in some neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Keywords: Thomas Fleming; 1966 Hunter's Point riot; Black San Francisco
|Pelicans on the Bay - Chris Carlsson|
Pelicans soar across the water in front of the San Francisco skyline.
Keywords: pelicans; SF Bay; waterfront
|Critical Mass police attack - Biker-X|
footage of the chaotic July 1997 ride in which Mayor Brown unleashed the police to attack bicyclists.
Keywords: bicycles; Critical Mass; police riot
Downloads: 6,499 (1 review)
|Lauren Elder Interview|
An interview with Bay Area artist Lauren Elder, discussing her life at the Reno Hotel, her career, and the art scene in San Francisco from the mid-1970s to present.
Keywords: Art; Reno Hotel; Contraband; Bicycling; San Francisco
|Saul Bloom on nukes the USS Missouri - Shaping San Francisco|
Saul Bloom of ARC/Ecology in San Francisco describes his history as a Greenpeace staffer and early involvement in anti-nuke politics, with a focus on the campaign to stop the homeporting of the USS Missouri in San Francisco in the 1980s. The USS Missouri, during Reagan's administration, was slated to be redesigned to carry cruise missiles and thus become a first-strike launching pad for nuclear war.
Keywords: Nuclear weapons; nukes; anti-nuke; USS Missouri; homeporting; Fleet Week
|Arrests at HUAC in City Hall|
scenes of students being washed down rotunda stairs in SF City Hall during mass arrests at HUAC hearings, May 1960.
Keywords: HUAC; protests; City Hall
Downloads: 7,956 (2 reviews)
|Willie Brown Pied - Biotic Baking Brigade|
Mayor Willie Brown is hit with 3 pies by activists of the Biotic Baking Brigade at a "Clean-up" event in Bayview/Hunter's Point.
Keywords: Willie Brown; Biotic Baking Brigade; pie-throwing
Downloads: 2,555 (1 review)
|Feast Day Procession Potrero Hill|
footage of Catholic Feast Day parade on Potrero Hill, April 25, 1937.
Keywords: Potrero Hill; Parade; Feast Day
Downloads: 3,487 (2 reviews)
|Panama-Pacific International Exposition|
panoramic view of the PPIE on San Francisco's northern edge, 1915, as broadcast in a 1930s newsreel.
Keywords: PPIE; World's Fairs; Marina District
Downloads: 3,719 (1 review)
|Summer of Love by Diamond Dave Whitaker - Chris Carlsson|
A Summer of Love poem/rap by San Francisco legend "Diamond Dave" Whitaker.
Keywords: Summer of Love; Diamond Dave Whitaker; spoken word
|Squatter Punx Rock the Vats - Glenn Bachmann|
The old Falstaff brewery became a home to punk rockers in the early 1980s before its demolition. Here's a glimpse of an impromptu concert outside.
Keywords: Punk; Vats; Brewery
Downloads: 8,226 (2 reviews)
|Campfire: Sarah Brandt - Adriana Camarena|
Sarah Brandt is a San Francisco public school teacher and lifelong City dweller, who is currently being Ellis Act evicted from her Mission District apartment, alongside her 98 year old neighbor, Mary Elizabeth (M.E. or Emmy) Phillips. Emmy has lived in her home for over 40 years. The original footage was captured on January 17, 2014 as part of a storytelling circle called "Campfire: Eviction Ghost Stories and Other Housing Horrors." This mini-clip is part of a series of mini-clips honoring fou...
Keywords: Campfire; Eviction; Ellis Act; Mission District; Adriana Camarena; Sarah Brandt; Mary Phillips; CalHumanities; Kenneth Rainin Foundation
|Recycling Histories - Shaping San Francisco|
Ruth Gravanis, longtime San Francisco ecological activist and former board member of San Francisco Tomorrow and Mission Creek Conservancy, along with Karen Pickett, original member of the Berkeley Ecology Center's recycling program, as well as a longtime participant in Earth First! and forest preservation campaigns, both tell important stories about the history of recycling in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Keywords: recycling; ecology; Ecology Emerges; Berkeley Ecology Center; Brisbane; incinerator; NIMBY
West Portal tunnel under construction, Portola Drive cutting through empty surrounding hillsides.
Keywords: West Portal; Portola Drive; Sutro Forest
Downloads: 4,042 (2 reviews)
A strike begins at the Union Iron Works at the foot of Potrero Hill in 1917.
Keywords: Strike; Potrero Hill; Union Iron Works
Downloads: 5,105 (1 review)
Mud people descend on downtown San Francisco... the only rules? No walking and no talking! Merry mayhem ensues.
Keywords: mud people; financial district; anarchy
Downloads: 9,059 (5 reviews)
|Chinatown Telephone Operators and other scenes c 1920s - Shaping San Francisco|
Silent footage from the Prelinger Archive, edited to focus on Chinatown, with a few seconds of Chinatown Telephone operators working their switchboards.
Keywords: Chinatown; Telephone operators; switchboards; San Francisco; 1920s
|Harry Hay on 1934 SF Strike - Chris Carlsson|
Harry Hay, venerable co-founder of modern Gay movement, tells about being in crowd during 1934 waterfront strike in San Francisco, how militia was shooting into crowd, and bullets whizzed past his head.
Keywords: Harry Hay; 1934 General Strike; San Francisco
|Ecology Emerges: Judy Goldhaft - Shaping San Francisco|
Judy Goldhaft is a cofounder of Planet Drum Foundation in San Francisco, and was previously one of the band of radicals known as the San Francisco Diggers. She also helped start the Frisco Bay Mussel Group in the late 1970s and has been in the middle of the emeregnce of bioregionalism. She is interviewed here as part of the wide-ranging "Ecology Emerges" oral histories of the early ecology movement, traversing the era from the 1950s-60s all the way to the present.
Keywords: Diggers; Planet Drum; ecology; bioregionalism; Frisco Bay Mussel Group; water; peripheral canal
|Italians In SF During WWII - Shaping San Francisco|
Regina Alioto and her mother Josephine Firpo-Alioto describe how Frank Alioto (father and husband) worked with the Coast Guard during WWII and had to enforce the ban on non-citizen Italian fishermen going to sea. Further descriptions reveal the arbitrary and unfair treatment of Italians by the U.S. government during the WWII period.
Keywords: WWII; Fisherman's Wharf; coast guard; fishing ban; Italians; Italian Americans; POWs
|Cycling to the Fair|
silent footage of a mass bike ride in Golden Gate Park in 1915 which was headed to the Panama-Pacific Int'l. Exposition.
Keywords: bicycles; mass rides; 1915
|Mission Creek - Chris Carlsson|
canoe ride into Mission Creek before the freeway was reconfigured or Mission Bay was built.
Keywords: Mission Creek; freeways; Mission Bay
Downloads: 3,281 (1 review)
|Good Vibrations - Caitlin Manning|
short excerpt from documentary "Stripped Bare" highlighting the sex-positive retail operation Good Vibrations, a long-time resident on Valencia Street in the Mission.
Keywords: Good Vibrations; sex-positive; vibrators
|Pickups at Finocchio's - Chris Carlsson|
Harry Hay describes the pickup scene at the North Beach bar Finocchio's in the early 1930s.
Keywords: Harry Hay; Finocchio's; gay dating
Downloads: 3,319 (1 review)
|Soap Box Derby - Chris Carlsson|
The San Francisco Illegal Soapbox Society conducted races on Bernal Heights for years, and still does at unpredictable times.
Keywords: Soapbox Derby; Bernal Heights; underground culture
Downloads: 3,257 (2 reviews)